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Eight regular season games took place in Junior Hockey League on November 27th, the first two of which were held in Russia’s Far East. We take a look at all of them in this daily review on JHL official website.
Moscow teams are on the road in Russia’s Far East this week. 2-time Kharlamov Cup champions Krasnaya Armiya visits Vladivostok. ‘Army men’ enjoyed a narrow win with a soccer-like score. Despite Moscow taking more shots in the opening forty minutes of play, Primorie Region team played well defensively. Without a doubt first star of the game was goaltender Dmitry Godes, who stopped 36 shots and allowed just one goal.
Pavel Koreshkov scored the only marker of the game and won it for the visitors. The tally came at even strength early in the third period. Home team did their best to get back even but Alexander Sychushkin shot his side in the foot with getting a minor for boarding. A little later Ivan Bunov got another minor and Taifun failed to get anything past Konstantin Kozhanov. Krasnaya Armiya netminder stopped all 16 shot he had to face for a shutout win.
Amurskie Tigry Khabarovsk played hosts to JHC Dynamo Moscow and the game featured much more goals. The teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the first intermission with the ‘Tigers’ having a 2-1 lead – Ivan Martynov and Ilya Yadryonov scored for Khabarovsk, while Moscow got a tally from Yegor Bryzgalov. The fans saw some even hockey and no goals in the second period. However, the third stanza proved to be rather eventful.
The blue-and-white tied the game up and then got in the lead thank to the effort of no other but Bryzgalov, who got two tallies past Grigory Kolupayev in a span of as many minutes. Amurskie Tigry found the equalizer with just four minutes remaining to play in regulation – Yegor Zalitov sent the game to overtime. Extra period of play solved nothing and home team went on to win it in the shootout – Andrei Misko got the winner.
Almaz Cherepovets defended the ice against reigning Kharlamov Cup champions in a rivalry game. Home team opened up the scoring four minutes in – Mikhail Kalashnikov sent one past Daniil Isayev. Loko Yaroslavl managed not only tie the game up but also get in the lead before the intermission – Ilya Chefanov found the back of the net, which was followed by Ruslan Abrosimov scoring his first career Junior Hockey League goal. Early in the second frame Maxim Denezhkin netted another one in a 4-on-4 situation.
Six minutes into the third period Cherepovets brought the game back to a one-goal differential – Yegor Chizhikov beat Isayev for the second time. However, that was all Almaz could get in this one. With just over four minutes remaining in regulation Vladislav Chervonenko set the final score. Loko win a tough one 4-2 on the road.
The game in Novosibirsk, where Sibirskie Snaipery entertained Snezhny Barsy Astana, ended with the same final score but it was the home team that was victorious. The teams traded goals in the opening period of play – Nikita Potapov put the ‘Snipers’ on the board, while Oleg Boyko brought it back to even. The teams headed to the dressing-rooms for the second intermission with Astana leading by a goal – Boyko scored his second of the game 36 minutes in.
That tally proved to be the last one Kazakhstan would score in the game. Novosibirsk dominated in the third stanza and scored as many as three unanswered goals. Early in the frame Sibirskie Snaipery got markers from Georgy Yurov and Nikita Chelbayev and then Yurov scored his second of the night as he sent it into the empty net when Denis Karatayev had been substituted for the extra-attacker. With this 4-2 win Sibirskie Snaipery are now just six points away from Snezhnye Barsy.
Kuznetskie Medvedi, who are currently dead last in the Eastern Conference, lost their second consecutive game to their rival in the standings Altay Ust-Kamenogorsk. Notably, while the visitors scored three goals, Novokuznetsk failed to get even one. Late in the opening period of play Andrei Lagunov one-timed it home from the slot off a feed from behind the net. Home team was outshooting the opposition but Alexander Kitov’s men had trouble capitalizing on their scoring chances.
As for Ust-Kamenogorsk, they scored two more goals in the third frame. Ten minutes into it German Shaporev doubled the lead for Altay, while Denis Budenchuk set the final score after his team had survived a 5-minute penalty. Semyon Stolyarov had got a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for a vicious check to the head. Vladislav Nurek stopped 41 shots for a shutout win.
Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk enjoyed a blowout win over Ladiya Togliatti on home ice. The visitors were able to keep up with the ‘Steel Foxes’ on the shotclock but Magnitogorsk looked like a better team on the whole. After Ilya Oleynikov had opened up the scoring, Togliatti tied it up with Semyon Zhuravlyov’s marker. However, Stalnye Lisy still finished the period with a 1-goal lead as Danil Pyatin found the back of the net with a shot from the slot. Magnitogorsk went on to score three goals in a span of six minutes in the second frame, forcing Ladiya to swap their goaltenders – Yuri Platonov, Dmitry Zaitsev and Ruslan Gospodynko sent Artyom Zabrodin to the bench and Gleb Bannikov replaced him between the pipes.
A mass brawl broke out on the ice midway through the stanza and a few minutes later Pavel Dorofeyev scored another goal. Togliatti got their second of the night as Daniil Valiullov found his target but Magnitogorsk still had the last word in this one – Pyatin scored his second of the game on a powerplay and thus set the final score. Stalnye Lisy take it 7-2 on home ice.
Mamonty Yugry faced Omskie Yastreby in Khanty-Mansiysk and the fans didn’t get to see any goals neither in regulation, nor in overtime. The ‘Mammoths’ had the momentum on their side but they failed to score a ton, which is something they’re known for. Home team ran into a penalty problem in the third stanza but the ‘Hawks’ also couldn’t capitalize on their chances. Georgy Romanov went on to finish the night with 31 saves. The fate of the game was decided in the shootout, which also proved to be a lengthy one. Khanty-Mansiysk won it 3-2 and Nikita Chusovitin scored the winner.
The game in Tyumen also went the extra mile as Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk lost to local Tyumensky Legion. After a scoreless first period of play, the fans were treated to a real show in the second. Chelyabinsk opened up the scoring with a marker by Grigory Nesvetayev but it took Tyumen just two minutes to grab the lead – Andrei Timofeyev scored two in a row. Late in the frame he almost completed his hat-trick but while Timofeyev’s shot was stopped, Evgeny Volkov pounced on the rebound and made it a 3-1 hockey game.
Third stanza began with a tally by Yegor Stepanov but Belye Medvedi salvaged the game as with just 12 seconds remaining on the clock Alexander Yakovlev managed to shove the puck into the net. Nevertheless, Tyumensky Legion still won it in the extra period of play – captain Andrei Kovalenko won the very exciting game for his team.